Opening the Box

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Episode 201/1x201
Opening the Box

Bree, you look so pale!

Blogger Jonas
Date Posted May 29th, 2007
Forum 10735|3=lg15}}
Length 4:12
Description Wow, that last Hymn of One video with Bree was creepy. Daniel and I need to do something . . . this is the first step.
Location(s) Jonas's house
YouTube Tags lonelygirl15 lg15 bree daniel danielbeast jonas jonastko box
Production Credits
Executive Producer(s) Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried
Producer(s) Amanda Goodfried
Production Assistant(s) Ian Schwartz
Director(s) Mesh Flinders
Camera Kevin Schlanser
Vidplay Jan Libby
Story Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, Greg Goodfried, and Jan Libby
Editor(s) Kevin Schlanser
Music "Shoot to Kill" by Jared Scharff and the Royals [1]
Jonas Jackson Davis
Daniel Yousef Abu-Taleb
Sarah Alexandra Dreyfus
Adjacent Blogs
Previous "Be Part of Something"
Next "Entertaining Myself"
Previous by Jonas "CAMP PLAY"
Next by Jonas "It's A Cult"

Opening the Box is the two-hundred first video in the lonelygirl15 video series.


(Jonas is sitting at a desk. Daniel is sitting on a cabinet.)

Jonas: The Hymn of One. (Jonas slams his fist against his hand.) How scary was that to watch Bree sing the eternal freak song?

Daniel: She's a zombie.

Jonas: Yeah, well, they've got her. And we don't know how to get her back. The look in her face. That look in her eye. (Points to his eyes.) I don't even know if she wants to come back anymore.

Daniel: Maybe she's the "bride of zombie" type!

Jonas: There's no such thing as the "bride of zombie." It's the "bride of Frankenstein."

Daniel: You know what I was thinking of, though? They wouldn't marry her off, would they?

Jonas: I'll pretend like I didn't hear that. Obviously, we're pretty flipped out about Bree's state of mind. And the fact that she's got bandages on her upper arm. Yeah... (Slams fists together.) they really got her from us this time. We don't even know who she is. It's like the shell of who Bree used to be. The Bree we know vanished. It's like she's totally brainwashed and there isn't a damn thing that we can do about it. Don't join the Hymn of One, kids.

(Cuts to Daniel sitting on a couch, holding the box they found at the site of the camp play.)

Jonas: We're ready to show you guys what's in the, uh, the mysterious box.

(Daniel opens the box.)

Daniel: So the first thing we found was a letter from Bree's dad to Bree.

Jonas: (Off-camera) You wanna read it?

Daniel: Yeah. "Dear Bree, I'm so happy that you were able to find this box. Right now, you're with Daniel. I'm not sure when I'll be able to see you again, but I want you to know that I have faith that you'll find your way. I've raised you to be the strong and independent person that you are. Follow your heart. Don't let others influence you with promises of inner peace and salvation. We both know that doesn't exist in the world of science. This box holds many more important secrets of the Hymn of One, you, and what lies ahead in your life." The letter actually says a few more things, but I'm not ready to tell anyone what that is yet. Turns out there's actually a lot of stuff about ribozymes in this box. I didn't really know what they were, so I looked them up and printed out this article. The article basically says that ribozymes are like molecular scissors that cut RNA. It goes on and talks about how scientists seeking the origin of life have produced ribozymes that are actually capable of catalyzing their own synthesis. Translation: they somehow make life. (Cuts to a series of diagrams, which Daniel holds up. One has a red X on the upper arm.) As you can see, these are diagrams. The red X shows where injections were made into her. (Daniel spins a notebook on his finger.) So, this is the notebook. And it's filled with pages that all look like this. (Points to what appears to be diagram of a molecule.)

Jonas: Which look like Chinese to me.

Daniel: Yep. Jonas and I read through this whole thing. It really is filled with a ton of notes from Bree's dad about his research on what he'd been doing to Bree. Apparently, Bree has a very high level of ribozymes, or something like that, which makes her "trait positive." Does that make sense? This is why the Order wants her! This notebook also tells us that Bree's dad had been giving her shots of something to help lower her levels, trying to make her "trait negative." I mean, if Bree is "trait negative," the Order won't want her. We couldn't find anything in here about what the Ceremony is or what it does, but it can't be good if Bree's dad was trying this hard to fix her. This also makes us really scared that they have Bree.

Jonas: Yeah. The graphs?

Daniel: Yeah, the graphs, right. There was also a stack of graphs that are like a reading or a monitor thingy. Bottom line, the graphs show Bree's levels.

Jonas: Which we sent to Taylor.

Daniel: Right, we sent them to Taylor. Jonas and I figured that we should get another eye, a new opinion on what the bar code marks are on the graphs.

Jonas: And... oh, and Bree's collage?

Daniel: Uh, yeah. I don't know why it's in here, but (Holds up a collage with pictures of Bree on it and the words "#1 Dad, Love Bree" on it.) she made this for her dad.

Jonas: Must have been for Father's Day.

Daniel: Yeah.

(Cuts to Jonas sitting on the couch.)

Jonas: So uh, that's the box. We also wanted to say how much fun it is to have someone like Sarah around the house.

Daniel: We did?

(Jonas smiles and nods.)

Jonas: Yeah.

Daniel: Hm, oh.

Jonas: When she's not harassing Daniel, (Points at camera) she's in her room hanging with Jared Scharff and the Royals.

(Music plays. Cuts to a sign that says "Sarah's Room - Boys Only!")

Jonas: She's got that little special way of enticing my bud Daniel, too.

(Camera follows Daniel as he takes the trash out. Then the camera person appears to hide behind a gate. Daniel comes out of the gate.)

Sarah: Aaah!!

(Daniel and Sarah giggle.)

Sarah: (in "British"-type accent) I am the Order. I have come to make you my personal slave.

Daniel: You're a freak.

Sarah: But I'm your freak!

(Cuts back to Jonas sitting on the couch.)

Jonas: So that's it. If you guys have any questions about what we found in the box or, I don't know, any advice for us on maybe what we can do next, please contact us. Let us know. Peace.


  • The notebook is a CVS Composition notebook.
  • Sarah is only heard off-camera in this video. However, the YouTube thumbnail is an image of her from the next video.
  • Ribozymes are mentioned in the Skateboarding video, where Bree states that her dad worked with them.
  • In this video, the growing attraction between Daniel and Sarah is again apparent.

Notebook pages

First Page

See the image above for a transcription of the text.

Second Page

Day 2:

Third Page

The chemical equation shown is that of the transestifcation reaction by a hairpin ribozyme: